ABOUT VEGAN SINGAPORE
What should one do to live a successful vegan lifestyle in Singapore?
I am a student studying at Singapore American School and this is my Catalyst Project. I have always had a strong passion for the environment and animals and my aim for this website is to help anyone and everyone who would like to work towards living a more sustainable lifestyle in Singapore have an easier transition.
“Veganism is a way of living which seeks to exclude, as far as is possible and practicable, all forms of exploitation of, and cruelty to, animals for food, clothing or any other purpose” - The Vegan Society
The definition of veganism can vary from person to person depending on their own personal definition, sometimes the word refers only directly to food, sometimes it refers to products such as household products, and sometimes it can mean abstaining from all animal-derived products and foods. The difference between eating vegan and vegetarian is that while both avoid meat and fish, vegetarians allow eggs and dairy products whereas eating vegan would mean eating a plant-based diet devoid from ALL animal products. This includes dairy, eggs, and honey. Taking the step to live a more vegan-friendly lifestyle, whether it is just food or clothing, or cutting out all animal products is not as difficult as it may sound. In fact, there are many benefits to eating vegan that you don’t get from a diet that includes animal products. While vegan diets used to be considered risky among health care professionals, new studies have shown promising results that have opened the minds of many health care professionals. You are eating more whole foods, less saturated fats, less cholesterol, and consuming a diet rich in vitamin C, vitamin E, fiber, folic acid, potassium, magnesium, and phytochemicals, so your body is bound to reap many benefits from the diet as compared to a non-vegetarian/vegan diet. There are also added benefits such as extra protection against hypertension, type II diabetes, and cardiovascular mortality, given that the diet is well-planned and executed.
“NOTHING WILL BENEFIT HUMAN HEALTH AND INCREASE CHANCES FOR SURVIVAL OF LIFE ON EARTH AS MUCH AS THE EVOLUTION TO A VEGETARIAN DIET.”
“THE PROBLEM IS THAT HUMANS HAVE VICTIMIZED ANIMALS TO SUCH A DEGREE THAT THEY ARE NOT EVEN CONSIDERED VICTIMS. THEY ARE NOT EVEN CONSIDERED AT ALL. THEY ARE NOTHING; THEY DON’T COUNT; THEY DON’T MATTER. THEY ARE COMMODITIES LIKE TV SETS AND CELL PHONES. WE HAVE ACTUALLY TURNED ANIMALS INTO INANIMATE OBJECTS – SANDWICHES AND SHOES.”
“I PERSONALLY CHOSE TO GO VEGAN BECAUSE I EDUCATED MYSELF ON FACTORY FARMING AND CRUELTY TO ANIMALS, AND I SUDDENLY REALIZED THAT WHAT WAS ON MY PLATE WERE LIVING THINGS, WITH FEELINGS. AND I JUST COULDN’T DISCONNECT MYSELF FROM IT ANY LONGER.”
“EVERYONE HAS TO FIND WHAT IS RIGHT FOR THEM, AND IT IS DIFFERENT FOR EVERYONE. EATING FOR ME IS HOW YOU PROCLAIM YOUR BELIEFS THREE TIMES A DAY. THAT IS WHY ALL RELIGIONS HAVE RULES ABOUT EATING. THREE TIMES A DAY, I REMIND MYSELF THAT I VALUE LIFE AND DO NOT WANT TO CAUSE PAIN TO OR KILL OTHER LIVING BEINGS. THAT IS WHY I EAT THE WAY I DO.”